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Lawndale, CA, April 14, 2017– Lawndale Elementary School District (LESD) has established community partnerships throughout the South Bay Community to ensure that all their students receive the resources they need to ensure their wellbeing and promote their success. One of these partnerships is with South Bay Mission Church, whose members donated over 40 personalized gift baskets for families in need.


“The Student Support Services Team is proud of all the solid partnerships we have forged all over the community. South Bay Mission Church really came through for our families!” said Maria Ruelas, District Social Worker.


Spring Baskets


Photo: Members of South Bay Mission Church drops off spring baskets to LESD staff.

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 4/14/17

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Thanks to the generous support of the Lawndale community, LESD was tremendously fortunate to see Measure L pass this fall. It will infuse much needed resources to support to our buildings, which have gone without deferred maintenance for many years since the state dissolved that funding source.

The first step in moving these projects into action was undertaken on March 21st with the completion of the initial sale of $10 million in bonds. Now that funding is available, project planning can get underway. School construction is bound by extensive rules and regulations to both ensure the safety of students and staff and to ensure fair processes are used throughout. Karla Bertran, our Director of Purchasing, will start the process by going out to bid for contractors who may be interested in completing our work. This is a lengthy legal process and we are fortunate to have Mrs. Bertran leading this challenging charge.

A detailed review of our facilities status by Jorge Ramirez, our Director of Maintenance and Operations, has helped our construction team to prioritize projects that will begin this summer. We also partnered with our Educational Services team, the Food Services department and RAP leadership to coordinate student summer activities and ensure stu-dent safety throughout this process.


At this time, projects that are planned to take place during the Summer of 2017 include:
 New roofing at Anderson, FDR and Green
 Exterior painting at Rogers, Addams, Anderson and Green


Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) replacements will begin near the close of the summer and will be eventually completed at each school site.


Once these projects get underway, we will immediately begin planning for the Summer of 2018. So, if you don’t see your school on the list now, know that we are coming your way soon! Coordinating projects of this magnitude requires extensive collaboration of all school district entities and detailed planning.


Again, we are so pleased to be able to finally invest in our school facilities and create optimal learning environments for our students. It will certainly be a busy summer for the LESD Business Department, but the hard work will pay off when students and staff are able to return to beautifully upgraded campuses.


Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 4/7/17

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Will Rogers Middle School hosted the third installment of the South Bay Hackathon Series, an event which featured a question and answer session with a panel of engineers and then an engineering challenge for students. For the engineering challenge, students were placed in teams of 4—with one member from each of the participating schools, so that each school would take home a 1st place winner.  Students from Will Rogers Middle School, Dana Middle School, Jefferson Middle School, and Manhattan Beach Middle School participated in this event. The students were also treated to lunch donated by Panda Express.


“We are so grateful to the engineers who volunteered their time to coach our students,” said Tracy Tegtmeier, Northrop Grumman Teacher Fellow. The event was made possible through the Northrop Grumman Foundation Teachers Academy, which is a Northrop Grumman Foundation sponsored initiative and National Science Teachers Association (NSTA).


The Hackathon was created with the goal to connect students to local professionals and to engage students in applied STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) activities, help the students build the necessary skillset needed to succeed in competitive college and career engineering pathways, and inspire young people to choose STEM careers.


hackathon winners
Photo: First place winning team with members representing all participating schools.

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 4/3/17

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LESD will be hosting free parent workshops on Saturdays.


Please join us!

Topics we will discuss include:

  • ESL tutoring
  • Information and tips about student state exams


April 1, 2017 - ESL Tutoring/Parent Workshop:

Information about the student math state exam (SBAC)


April 8, 2017 - ESL Tutoring/Parent workshop:

Tips and suggestions for how to better navigate the student math state exam (SBAC)


April 29, 2017 - ESL Tutoring/Parent workshop:

Tips and suggestions for how to better navigate the student ELA state exam as well as the CELDT exam



8:30-10:00 AM ESL Tutoring

10:00-12:00 PM Parent Workshops



Estaremos ofreciendo talleres gratuitos los sabados.


¡Por favor acompáñenos!

Temas incluirán:

  • Tutoría de ESL
  • Información y sugerencias sobre los exámenes estatales de los estudiantes

1ᴼ  de Abril    de 2017 Tutoría de ESL/Taller: Información sobre el examen estatal (SBAC) de matemáticas de los estudiantes


8  de abril  de 2017 Tutoría de ESL/Taller: Sugerencias para navegar el examen estatal (SBAC) de matemáticas


29  de Abril  de 2017 Tutoría de ESL/Taller: Sugerencias para navegar el examen estatal (SBAC) de artes del lenguaje inglés (ELA) y el Examen de Evaluación del Desarrollo del Inglés (CELDT)



8:30 - 10:00 AM Tutoría de ESL

10:00 - 12:00 PM Talleres


parent workshop flyer english
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Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 3/30/17

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Lawndale, CA, March 27, 2017– The El Segundo Rotary and Lawndale Rotary Clubs awarded William Green Elementary School a combined grant for $5000 to purchase new books. In addition, they provided William Green students with gently used books that they received during Read Across America Week. “We are thank the El Segundo and Lawndale Rotary Clubs for their support and continuous partnership,” said Jenny Padilla, Principal at William Green Elementary School.

From left: Dickie Van Breene, El Segundo Rotary Club; Jenny Padilla, Principal at William Green; and Shirley Giltzow, Lawndale Rotary Club.

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 3/27/17

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Google visited Lawndale to roll out CS First Roadshow, a computer science education program that had Lucille Smith Elementary School 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders creating an adventure on the high seas and learning about computer coding in the process. The CS First Roadshow teaches students about the importance of STEM education and uses interactive activities to teach them coding basics while encouraging students to develop an interest in computer science education and growing both their problem solving and technical coding skills


“Many Smith students have already been working on computer coding projects in their classrooms using Google CS First since the beginning of the school year, and this event was important in demonstrating how computer science can be used in real life,” stated Dr. Rosa Isiah, Principal at Lucille Smith Elementary.


Assemblymember Autumn Burke and Lawndale Mayor Robert Pullen-Miles participated in the presentation. Assemblymember Burke kicked off the presentation by discussing the importance of technology and learning about computer science. Two Google employees then delivered the hour-long presentation, which focused on teaching students both problem solving and technical coding skills. They closed the presentation encouraging the students to develop an interest in computer science education and informing them how a STEM education can lead to exciting educational opportunities and careers.


“The Lawndale Elementary School District is committed to providing 21st century learning environments to its students. We are grateful to Assemblymember Burke and Google for bringing this one-of-a-kind experience to Smith Elementary students—and hopefully sparking a life-long interest in computer science within many of our students,” said Dr. Ellen Dougherty, Superintendent of the Lawndale Elementary School District. 

Smith Students at Google CS First Roadshow

Smith Students at Google CS First Roadshow

Smith Students at Google CS First Roadshow

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 3/21/17

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We have scheduled meetings at each of our elementary school sites to help families learn more about our outstanding TK and Kindergarten programs.

Click here to see meeting times




Hemos programado juntas en todas nuestras escuelas primarias para ayudar a que sus familias aprendan mas acerca nuestro excelente programa de kinder transicional (TK) y kinder.


Haga clic aqui para ver los horarios

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 3/9/17

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P.S. ARTS is dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing arts education to underserved public schools & communities. We are proud that our partnership has helped keep the arts alive within our schools and communities.   


Read their annual report below:




P.S. Arts annual report

Posted by: Enrique Pivaral
Published: 1/30/17